Rebecca Pacheco is a Concert Pianist, Vocal Coach, Adventurer, and the first female to complete the MotoDreamer Trans-Amazonian Challenge – in which she traveled nearly 10,000 miles, through 7 countries, over a 52 day period – all on a motorcycle! In this episode, Drew and Rebecca chat about her epic journey, what it took to prepare for such a trip, how she finished despite getting hit by a bus halfway through, and what she learned about herself in the process!
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[04:40] The “Trans-Amazonian Challenge,” and what inspired Rebecca to traverse the entire Amazon, over a 52 day period, on a motorcycle.
[08:53] Rebecca’s unique background, her musical upbringing, how she became a professional musician, and what birthed her love for exploration and adventure.
[18:20] The similarity between musicians and athletes, the importance of breath-work, and how athletic training overlaps with musical training.
[24:33] The preparation process for the challenge, and what it took to get ready for the trip.
[27:05] The risks involved in the trip, what a typical day looked like during the challenge, and what nutrition looked like while making a trek across the Amazon.
[35:50] The biggest challenges that Rebecca faced while on her journey.
[38:37] How Rebecca got hit by a bus, and what it was like to ride for a whole month with a broken ankle.
[46:25] The physical aspect of riding a motorcycle, and how the journey affected Rebecca physically.
[47:45] The end of the journey, Rebecca’s emotional reaction to finishing, and what she learned about pushing herself to the outer limits of her capabilities.
[51:50] Shifting from a victim mindset to a growth mindset, and Rebecca’s advice on how to get “unstuck” and live life to the fullest.
[55:03] The value of seeing the world, how it changes your perspective, and living in the present moment.
[57:42] What the future holds for Rebecca, and her upcoming book that documents her epic adventure.